This information was collected from attendees of the Public Forum on poster boards at the entrance to the church.
What challenges exist for food and farming in this community?
We need organization
How do African American farmers get back their land from past 70 years?
Lack of communication and education
Economies of scale
The price of land and housing
Racism and economic disparities
Cost of land
Inequality/racism/education privilege/politics/awareness/funding/tobacco history
What priorities should a Durham food policy council focus on?
Zoning to allow farming on city-owned property
Nutrition in schools- school lunches are not healthy
A plan to move forward
Access to education in schools
Access for all
Better communication between groups working on issues
Fair and equitable land holding
Healthy and affordable food- accessible in lower income neighborhoods
What assets does Durham have in food and farming?
People who care and people who want to produce
Vacant land and long growing season
Academic resources at Duke, Central and Durham Tech
Diversity and pride
Greater Duke community (clubs, students, faculty)
In the African American community I see few assets
Lots of tobacco farmers with lot of experience and equipment
Knowledge of growing food for many generations
Great community partners in organizations that are non-food related such as Reinvestment Partners
What opportunities exist for food and farming in this community?
Unused open space
Black farmers can’t farm until land is retained
Community gardens are great- I love veggie van!
Urban farms and/or individual businesses
Local support for African American farmers